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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

American Prisoner in Iran "Would Make a Lousy Spy”

Anthropologists and historians don’t make natural friends. The former usually accuse the latter of engulfing themselves in documents, without getting a real feel for the places and people they study.

But Xiyue Wang, 37, the Chinese-American graduate student of history at Princeton, who Iran has sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of espionage, was not your typical bookworm. News of the sentence was released on July 16, though Wang has been in prison since August 2016.
Perhaps this is why he struck up a friendship with an anthropology student at Princeton, who agreed to talk to IranWire on condition of anonymity. The Princeton student has known Wang for many years, from when they were both undergraduate students at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He was researching Islam in China, which meant they had a lot of common interests, he told me.
People who studied and worked with Wang remember him as a curious, hard-working student whose love for the history of the Islamic world led him to become a fluent speaker of several languages, including Persian, Uzbek and Pashto, and to travel to many countries in Central Asia and the Middle East. According to the Princeton friend, he was in Iran to research the administrative and cultural history of the late Qajar dynasty when he was arrested. The world-famous scholar and author Stephen Kotkin is his academic advisor. In an email to IranWire, he called Wang a “remarkable scholar… sincere, unfailingly polite, warm, a wonderful person.” Kotkin remembers bumping into him on the Princeton campus and was impressed by the way he would “immediately bubble over about what he had just read.”
“He has boundless intellectual curiosity and drive, constantly reading more and more, never satisfied, always eager to share his discoveries, to further his and others’ understanding,” Kotkin said. 
Wang’s Princeton friend says he had a general thirst for field work. “He went there to feel the soil beneath his feet, to eat the food, to be with the people, and to find books that aren’t just imperial collections,” he says.  But he also says the two never discussed Wang’s trip to Iran.  
“Wang is certainly not a spy. He would be lousy at it. He’s way too curious. He is always the guy to start awkward conversations or ask questions he shouldn’t,” his friend says. 
It was probably the same sense of curiosity that took Xiyue Wang to Afghanistan in 2010, where he served as a Pashtun interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). According to the Tab, Princeton's edition of the student-run news network, a magazine published by the state-run China News Service ran a feature on him, highlighting that he was the only Chinese national working with the ICRC in Afghanistan at the time. The Chinese magazine said Wang had gone the extra length of helping emergency health workers in war zones and even visiting obscure locations to retrieve injured or deceased Taliban combatants for treatment or burial.
“What we really care about is that while detained by the American military, [everybody] would have enough food, water, and if you are a Muslim, whether you have religious freedom, whether you can pray, seek a doctor, or ask to see your family,” the 2010 article quoted him as saying.
Another former classmate of Xiyue Wang who studied with him at Harvard and traveled with him to Tajikistan remembers him “as an avid student and a warm, cheery person,” he told IranWire on condition of anonymity.  

“Part of an Infiltration Network”
Wang was arrested in August 2016, according to reports by Mizan, the mouthpiece of the Iranian judiciary. But the news of his situation was only released yesterday, on July 16, 2017, when Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, the powerful deputy head of the judiciary, said he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
As often happens with arrests in Iran, Wang’s family and Princeton University had not made the news public, hoping to secure his release through behind-the-scenes negotiations. As usual, this tactic was not successful.
Wang is said to be married with one child, but no further information about his family was available at the time of reporting. 
Ejei failed to provide Xiyue Wang’s name when announcing the sentence. He simply referred to him as a “US tool of infiltration who holds double nationality and was controlled directly by Americans.” He said the convicted student was part of the “infiltration project” that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has been warning about for some time. Iranian journalists including Ehsan Mazandarani and Isa Saharkhiz have also been accused of being a part of this Western-led conspiracy, as have jailed dual nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer NamaziNizar Zakka, a Lebanese with permanent US residency, is also behind bars in Iran accused of being a spy for the US.
It was left to Mizan to create the by now routine conspiracy theories, claiming Wang was involved in a “spider web” of connections that connected him to the “political, security and intelligence organizations of the US and the UK.”
At the center of these accusations lies the Sharmin and Bijan Mossvar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton. Xiyue Wang is accused of “digitally recording 4500 pages of the country’s documents” and sending it to the Center, “the research team at the State Department,” The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the British Institute of Persian Studies.  
“The reasons given for the charges are absurd,” Wang’s former Harvard classmate told IranWire. “A database of scans from the archive, some previous funding from the State Department, and a connection to the Kennedy School of Government — this isn’t a sinister pattern, it’s a description of a normal history graduate student.”

Academics Caught up in Political Battles 
Analysts say the move is probably part of the efforts by the judiciary, which is controlled by Iranian ultra-conservatives, to put pressure on the government of President Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected in May.
Once again, it would appear that an innocent student has become a random victim to the vicious powerplay of Iranian politics.
“The sad irony of all this is that he loved the Islamic world,” Wang’s friend from Princeton says, “and that love is what put him in a position [where] he is being hurt to make what is most probably a political point.”
It is not uncommon for scholars visiting Iran to get caught up in politics, and to face arrest and imprisonment.
Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Canadian professor of anthropology at Montreal’s Concordia University, was arrested in March 2016 and spent 112 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps subjected her to psychological torture. However, this treatment is less common for scholars who are not of Iranian descent.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC have denied that Wang is a Chinese citizen. This, despite the fact that Iranian authorities declared him to be of “double nationality.”
The Chinese embassy’s spokesperson told told the Tab that Mr Wang lost his Chinese citizenship automatically upon receiving citizenship from another country.
 “As Wang is an American citizen, the United States will be handling this matter. We have little room for involvement,” the spokesperson added.


Read more about jailed dual nationals and the "infiltration network" arrests in Iran: 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Day Of The Year For The Imprisoned Moms , Demanded Iranian Human Rights Organizations In A Statement .....

A Statement released by Iranian human rights organizations demanded Monday July 17  be named as " Imprisoned Mother's Day ".

On July 17 two years ago Narges Mohammadi's Children left Iran for Paris to a safety  and currently live with their father there. Narges Mohammadi the mother of the two beautiful children is sitting in prison , she was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for just defending the human rights. Narges is the vice president of the Iran Human Rights Defenders .

Narges Mohammadi have started writing about mothers who are in prison and longing for their children. She named her writings as " Motherly " writing from the heart since the beginning of her sentence two years ago. And the signatories to this statement selected Monday July 17 as the " Imprisoned Mother's Day " .

Currently many mothers, political and none political are in prison far from their children including Nazanin Zaghary the Iranian -British Citizen who is married to a British National with one kid.


The organizations which suggested the day be named as Imprisoned Mother's Day  are :

Centre For Human Rights Defenders

International Campaign to " Release Narges Mohammadi" Free Largess#

International Campaign For Human Rights

Centre For Human Rights Supporters

The NGO For Children Of Prisoners

Campaign For Imprisoned Mothers


Link:
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/70230/



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mohsen Omrani A Teacher From " Bushehr " Is Sentenced To A Year In Prison.......

A group of teachers demanding justice by signing a petition demanded for the freedom of Mohsen Omrani the teacher from Bushehr city .

Mr. Omrani is a teachers rights advocate and because of his activity in this field he was sentenced to a year in prison and since the end of May this year he is in Bushehr prison.

Mr. Omrani at his preliminary court hearing was sentenced to six years in prison but with the effort by his lawyer in appeal court this sentencing reduced to one year imprisonment.

Link:

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Nader Fotorehchi Journalist And One Of The Signatories Saying No To " Shahrzad " TV Series , Is Summoned To The Court ......

According to what Journalist Nader Fotorehchi wrote on his tweeter account , the complainant against him is Mr. Mohammad Emami one of the financier of the Shahrzad TV series and his company " Pasargad Tasvir Gostar Co. " and he is one of the accused in the "embezzlement of the reserved teachers funds " of 8000 Billion Tuman ( One dollar is close  to 4000 Tuman ) .

Nader Fotorehchi was summoned yesterday to the division number 31 of the court of revolution. He is allegedly accused of " Computer crime " crimes that are related to the use of computer .

Mr. Fotorehchi was also summoned last week to the " FETA  Police" on the charges about " Shahrzad TV series ".



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

People Who have Lost Their Savings demonstrated all over Iran Against Caspian Bank .......This video show people protesting in Tehran ... ....Iranian people have been protesting all over Iran in the past month , This Bank Took People's Money And Not Giving it Back...

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Seven Flogged in Public in Quchan

Fars News: Flogging Sentences Carried Out for Seven Who Disturbed Public Safety, says Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Quchan
Seven gang members who disturbed the public safety of Quchan with non-firearm weapons and shows of force have been flogged in public, according to the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Quchan.

Fars News Service’s Quchan bureau reports that Prosecutor Ramezan Ali Azari told a group of reporters just before the floggings of seven persons were carried out: “Mass brawling is one of the issues which takes aim at the culture of our area, and it has unfortunately been on the upswing in the past few months.”
Azari stressed that the brawls had targeted the county’s honor, and that the judiciary would deal with these gang members in a serious way: “Quchan possesses a venerable and noble culture, and aggression and brawls must not be allowed to spread in a way that would mar this ancient culture.”
The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor recognized the flogging of a number of the criminals as both an indication of the judicial system’s resolve in dealing with lawlessness and a way to prevent crime: “Mass brawling is a crime which targets the community broadly, and when a community gets a reputation for mass brawls, it’s an indication of society’s lack of cultivation. Thus this issue ought to be headed off.”

Azari stated that one of the most important factors behind such strife is a lack of charity among people, which incites fighting over the smallest of incidents. “If some individuals fail to respect the culture and community of the people, punishments will assuredly await them. A culture of fighting and insult is an indication of a lack of cultivation and cultural decline,” he emphasized.
The prosecutor called attention to the fact that around 70 high- and mid-level gang members in the county had been identified and pursued by the judicial system: “In the course of investigation, factors accounting for the outbreak of fighting in Quchan were made clear: a lack cultural spaces and a deficit in official attention to youth unemployment bring forth such disorder.”
The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor said that the gang members would been monitored for six months by the county’s “Anger Room” in order to prevent further crimes. “We ought to show, with the general public taking part, that Quchan is considered a first-rate city in Razavi Khorasan when it comes to safety, and that a precondition of this is promoting social participation,” he added.
Azari related that 100 operations had been carried out in the county, and that crime had declined by 50%. “Ten gang members who took part in group brawls in four stages in recent months were pursued by the judiciary. Three of them are presently on the run,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, a sentence of 50 lashes was carried out in Quchan’s Municipal Square today for seven of the individuals. “These individuals had used daggers and knives to make a show of force. Besides the public floggings, they’ve also been sentenced to a one-year conditional suspended jail term.”
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Rokna: Seven Gang Members Publicly Flogged in Quchan (with photos)
According to reporting from Rokna’s events team, a sentence of 74 lashes for seven gang members was carried out this morning in Quchan County.
Ali Azari, Quchan’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor, sad before the implementation that “In light of an increase in mass brawling in the city, and with the aim of preventing crime, the flogging sentence of a number of those convicted in these cases will soon be carried out in public.” He continued: “We will not permit a few to mar the honor of this city – which possesses an ancient culture and history – with this sort of disorder.”
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Friday, July 07, 2017

Regime Invited 45 Foreign Countries Ambassadors To Evin Prison with Red Carpet....


According to MIZAN news which is part of the judiciary power , the ambassadors of 45 foreign countries were invited to Evin prison on Wednesday and they visited sections of ward number 4, Tailoring workshop , medical clinic and Traditional sports arena known as Zoorkhaneh . Pictures that are distributed by the news agency indicates that, the judiciary and Evin prison authorities welcomed the ambassadors with red carpet.


This news agency wrote that, each room has six beds with red bedsheets  and uniform carpets and the prisoners are feeling comfortable.

The reports indicate that, the location is in the north of Tehran with " very good weather " , in a wide area with " live music " by a  " musician from Uganda  "  applauded by the audience together with the " bell of Traditional sports gymnasium"  and the  " best food" .

The report goes farther and says , the occupants of this area " speak English " with foreign guests and can have time with their wives for hours under rooms equipped with"  bed ,refrigerator, bath and washrooms " .

This is the pictures the regime media reported about Evin prison during the visit by 45 foreign countries ambassadors . Pictures which was completed by interviews with foreign ambassadors .

Some Ambassadors view about Evin prison:

Indonesian Ambassador speaking with regime Television Seda Va Sima :
" At the time of visitation i was joking and i said ;the condition here is so good that some prisoners may prefer to stay in prison ".

Portuguesa Ambassador:  
" I did not expect the condition here be this much good and i was impressed by the visitation ".

Korean Ambassador :
" while laughing in response to a question about the food of prisoners , he said ; I did not taste the food of course , but i saw the prison condition is hygienic "

http://news.gooya.com/2017/07/post-5335.php



Iran Watch canada :

This way of reporting about one of the most horrendous/ fearful prison in the world is just a joke to all those political prisoners who have spent time in the Evin prison.

It is very clear the past and present political prisoners think this is a joke and have many horrible things to say about their experience in prison under this regime.

This is a scenario engineered , organized and orchestrated by Javad larijani the head of the regime human rights commission in collaboration with his brother Mohammad sadegh larijani the head of the regime judiciary power.

this is a joke because even those ambassadors knew what is going on in Evin prison.
by this show, regime in fact is trying to buy some reputation in the world for itself .

If truly regime wants to show what is happening in its prisons and on political / regular prisoners , it must invite the UN human rights reporter to visit Iran and see the Evin prison in particular.


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Security Forces Of The Regime Prevented The Gathering Of " Iran National Front " Council Meeting ......


According to news by HRANA, after the previous prevention of  "Iran national Front " Central Council gathering by regime's  ministry of intelligence , this time the central national council  decided to gather on Monday in the house of Zia Mesbah , but it was again cancelled because the host of the meeting was summoned on Sunday to the ministry of intelligence and was warned not to hold the meeting .

Zia Mesbah was summoned by the security agents of the Ministry of intelligence on Sunday and was arrested and interrogated on Sunday for few hours and was warned not to hold the meeting or else the disciplinary forces would be called to prevent the national council members from entering the house.

The meeting of the national central council supposed to take place on last Monday with five main National Front personality and 10-15 members of the council .

On May this year the Iran National Front meeting was also cancelled. At that time the meeting was supposed to take place at Mr. Asghar Fanipour's house , but it was cancelled when Mr. Fanipour was also summoned to the ministry of intelligence and warned not to hold the meeting .

Iran Watch Canada:Members of  "Iran National Front " are the followers of the late Prime Minister of Iran Doctor Mohammad Mossadegh whose Government was toppled by Coup -d'etat by CIA and MI6 on 1953.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=80892





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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Protest Continued By The Contract Employees Of The Communication Ministry In All Over Iran ....

According to news , protest by the contract employees of the communication ministry continued in all over Iran  until today.

The news and pictures have been reported this morning in online social media shows that the protesters gathered in front of the labor ministry in the city of Shiraz - Fars province and Lorestan province .

The Free Workers Union which have reported about this protest by pictures and news have wrote : in Lorestan the protesters gathered in front of the trade ministry while the deputy minister of labor was there.

The protesters demanded for : immediate return to work and classification of job titles and justice based on salary.

Around 23,000 employees who have working experience between 10 - 20 years , are working as contract employees.

Link:
https://www.radiozamaneh.com/348516

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Teachers Stage Protest in Front Of the Parliament In Tehran....


ILNA news agency reported that, on Monday teachers working in private schools from all over Iran protested in front of the parliament in Tehran for their rights and job security.
This teachers do not have the benefit of insurance and job security .
One of the teacher said: " What is the difference between us and the teachers who are employed officially ? We are doing the same job but receive less salary . We do not have income in summer and we have no insurance and this is not acceptable . "

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=80868
  

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